Code Review

No, not that kind of code review. This is a review of the book, "Code - The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software." Quite simply, this is the best book I've read in years. (Disregard the fact that I can count on one hand the number of books I've read in the past few years -- technical references don't count!) I'd like to discuss my incentive for buying the book; but, before I begin, let me share a story of what happened today. This week, I'm in a developer training class on campus that ... [More]

Getting More Fiber in the Diet

Lately I've noticed all new telephone poles were laid nearby, and a lot of the underground wiring in my development has been getting worked on. Perhaps this is scheduled and not related at all to Verizon FIOS, but I noticed there's a lot of fiber being laid down. I also see a lot of markings supporting that on the pavement, but I have no idea what all the markings mean: All the fiber may remain dark for the next decade, but I'm hoping this means Verizon FIOS (fiber to the home, with a nice 15/2 connect... [More]

PDC '05

I just got my VP approval to attend PDC in Los Angeles from Sept. 13-16. Anyone else plan on going? Drop me a note or a comment. I'm considering driving, though most people think I'm nuts... Looking over the sessions, it looks like a great opportunity to get immersed with some of the newer .NET and SQL Server technologies.

Microsoft Picnic

It's that time of year again -- time for company picnics. Ah, summer. A number of years back at Scholastic we started a tradition (well, I think we started it -- it could be that I just joined the pre-existing tradition). We went for the first half of the picnic, then headed over to Candlewood Lake where my former manager had her house and boat (good times, right Jules?). Despite whatever stories came out of that day, I never threw any interns in the water; it was completely voluntary. This year's Micr... [More]

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